Odisha became the first state in the country to extend the lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic till April 30 as the number of patients infected by the novel coronavirus continue to rise across the country. Seventeen people, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the number of dead to 166 in India. The number of people infected with COVID-19, caused by a novel coronavirus, rose to 5,734 on Thursday, government data showed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted at it during his all-party meeting with the opposition leaders on Wednesday. He will also hold talks with all states’ chief ministers on April 11 in this regard. Maharashtra apart from having the highest of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India, also has the highest death toll in the country. According to Health Ministry, the state has 1,135 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, and 72 deaths so far. Gujarat has the second-highest death rate at 16 and confirmed cases at 179. Madhya Pradesh has the third highest death cases at 13. India has recorded 540 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 17 deaths, according to the the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s website. Globally, there have been over 15.1 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19. At least 88,500 people have died so far. At over 4.3 lakh, the US has the highest number of confirmed cases. The US is followed by Spain, Italy, Germany and France. The outbreak continues to have a major impact on the global economy.